Why Balustrades are so important

General Article

Balustrades are more than just the almost-mandatory safety precautions you install around your dwelling. The truth is that these safety utilities have metamorphosed past mere preventative measures into something much more profound – a culture and an aesthetic, like icing on a cake, but with actual safety utility.

Romantic dramas that show a young man in love, leaning his hands on the railing and gazing out over the melancholy seas (*cough* Titanic *cough*) did its part in this Cultural Revolution. Likewise, the cookie-cutter action film showing our hero pulling himself back up to safety with the help of – yup, you guessed it – a conveniently installed, life-saving balustrade also added something to the mix. Why? Because handrails and balustrades are as tasteful as they are useful!

Decks, landings, porches and patios all seems equally bare without some form of balustrade, and for good reason. Architecturally speaking, these un-invasive boundaries let us know where a space begins and ends (and, generally, also where safety ends). They inform the structural space they’re placed in as much as they protect those who use it.

Installing them around your house is a no-brainer, then. Even finding the right type of balustrade solutions is easier done than said. Installing them, even more so. They are much less difficult to install than they used to be a decade or so ago. Gone are the days of spending your weekend donned in construction worker garb trying to improve your home’s exterior. DIY steel balustrade kits have come to the rescue of every would-be family handyman in the business!

Whether you need handrails for stairs, or balustrades for balconies, pools or patios, getting them to your home, and then them where they’re needed is all in an afternoon’s work. Nor do you ever have to mistrust your own craftsmanship. The installations are straightforward and require only light power tools. That said, if you’re not one for DIY installations, just let the professionals do it.

The list of pros goes on and on. Stainless steel handrails and balustrades are as durable as they are easy to maintain. And when the day comes that you do feel like trading them in for a change, their recyclability means that nothing goes to waste; you can even make a buck to invest in your new railing system in the process!